Long-distance rider tells of his cycling expedition in Spain

TALK -- Jonathan Halstead (left) with CTC Lincolnshire members Daniel Nicholson and Trevor Halstead.
TALK -- Jonathan Halstead (left) with CTC Lincolnshire members Daniel Nicholson and Trevor Halstead.

Author and long-distance cyclist Jonathan Halstead was the guest speaker at an interesting cycling show held at the Trinity Arts Centre in Gainsborough.

Halstead gave an illustrated talk about his epic journey around Spain, travelling through the mountains using mountain-bike and trailer. He also gave in-depth information on the equipment needed for such an expedition.

After the show, he hosted a question-and-answer session with members of the Cyclist Touring Club (CTC) Lincolnshire before signing copies of his book, ‘Three Wheels On My Bicycle’.

Meanwhile Gainsborough Aegir Cycling Club’s own long-distance rider, Dave Bedford, has completed his longest ride to date, covering more than 100 miles from Gainsborough to Retford, taking part in the Amstel Standing event, and then returning home.

It was a busy week for Aegir because they also staged a ten-mile time trial that resulted in a very close contest in good conditions. The joint fastest times were recorded by Viking Velo duo, Rob Noble and Tony Keithley, who each clocked 26 minutes, 21 seconds.

The course was out through Laughton Woods to Wildsworth, returning alongside the River Trent to Morton and finishing on Laughton Lane.

The other top six places were also filled by Velo riders, with Ian Barley coming home in 26.27, Jon Gale in 26.30, Matt Fieldson in 26.38 and Chris Warrilow in 26.48. The first Aegir rider to finish was Mark Forrest in seventh with a time of 27.49.

Aegir’s latest leisure ride was to Brigg, via Brandy Wharf, South and North Kelsey, and back through Greetwell, Manton, Cleatham and Scotton and Laughton Woods. This Sunday’s leisure ride is a mountain-bike ride of the cyclists’ choice. Meet Roseway 9 am. The club’s next time trial is over 18 miles next Wednesday. Meet at the top of Thonock Hill, past the golf club, at 6.45 pm.